Caring for others is an important part of the culture at TJX, and throughout our nearly 40-year history, we have worked to be a good corporate citizen and bring value to people’s lives – not just by providing value in stores, but by being a good neighbor in our communities and working to enrich the lives of others. Our corporate giving is focused on supporting organizations that help families and children by providing for basic needs and access to opportunities they need to be successful and thrive. One way in which we support these important causes is through our charitable entities in our different regions.
In the U.S., The TJX Foundation proudly supports a wide variety of organizations from our retail chains’ national charitable partners to local giving, including when we make a donation to a local charity with each new store opening.
In 2014, we took steps to begin to formalize our charitable giving efforts outside the U.S. under regional Foundations in Canada and the U.K. Over time, we envision these new entities will help us to manage our commitments in each geographic area, and we may consider new partnership opportunities in the future. We will also continue our charitable giving initiatives across Europe through our existing Community Fund, which encourages sponsorship of local organizations near and dear to our Associates and which distributed over 250 grants to support charities in 2015.
In addition to our Foundations, since 1991, U.S. Associates have been supporters of the United Way’s annual fundraising campaign. Similar to our mission, the United Way’s goal is to “advance the common good by creating opportunities for all” with a focus on education, income opportunities and health. In 2015, more than 31,000 Associates participated in the annual workplace campaign, donating substantial funds to innovative programs that create opportunities for a better life for families and children. Associate giving to the United Way is bolstered by contributions from The TJX Foundation.
In addition to supporting healthy families and children, our giving extends to our communities. As such, TJX has made significant donations to the U.S. Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which assists individuals and families whose lives have been struck by disaster. Through TJX Canada, we also contribute to the Canadian Red Cross for its disaster relief services. We believe that by supporting these programs, we have a plan in place to immediately support those affected when disaster strikes and communities need to be rebuilt.
Another important partnership in the U.S. is with the Alzheimer’s Association. Since 2010, TJX has pledged $2 million to support the Alzheimer’s Association as it strives to fulfill its vision of a world without this disease. We are also a Champion of the Alzheimer’s Early Detection Alliance, which helps to foster awareness about the disease and provides education regarding early warning signs and symptoms, and we’re a National Team Member of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in the U.S. We are proud that Associates, relatives and friends from across the business...distribution centers, stores, buying offices and corporate offices...participate in walks around the U.S. each year, collectively raising significant monies to support this meaningful cause. This is in addition to Associate donations and our Marshalls in-store fundraising campaign. We believe our support can help the Alzheimer’s Association in its goals to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide care and support for those affected, including caregivers, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.